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Lynfield College Yearbook

Yearbook 2017

Lynfield College


to the
Lynfield College Yearbook
This year we have expanded the yearbook with online content.
This includes information on sports teams, cultural groups,
events around the school, class photos and much more.
The inclusion of digital material means that we have been
able to include more photographs. We hope that you enjoy
reading and viewing your 2017 Yearbook.
Use the QR Code below to go straight to the site or visit

Thanks to Mia Osborne
for the cover artwork.


191 White Swan Road, Mt Roskill 1041
Phone: +64 9 627 0600


NNOCTTES Principal’s Report....................................... 2 Tourism......................................................... 45
Head Students............................................. 4 Business........................................................ 46
Deputy Head Students.............................. 5 Mathematics................................................ 47
BOT Student Representative................... 5 Technology................................................... 48
Sports Captains........................................... 6 Digital Technology/Robotics.................. 49
Ambassador Co-ordinator....................... 6 Design & Visual Communication............ 50
Academic Captains..................................... 7 Hard Materials & Electronics.................. 51
International Student Reps...................... 7 Early Childhood Education...................... 52
Arts and Culture Captains........................ 8 Fashion & Design........................................ 53
Social Committee....................................... 8 Personal & Community Care................... 54
Year 12 Student Executive........................ 9 Hospitality.................................................... 55
Music............................................................. 10-12 Food & Nutrition......................................... 56
Visual Arts and Student Artwork............ 13-20 Year 9 Technology...................................... 57
Drama............................................................ 21 Student Services ........................................ 59
Dance............................................................. 22 Gateway........................................................ 60
Physical Education .................................... 23 Career Centre.............................................. 61
Health Education........................................ 24 Learning Support....................................... 62
Language & Languages............................. 25 International Students.............................. 63
English........................................................... 26-27 Sports Report.............................................. 64-69
Maori............................................................. 28 House Reports............................................. 70-75
Chinese......................................................... 29 Arts & Cultural Report.............................. 76-79
German......................................................... 30 Production................................................... 80-83
German Exchange...................................... 31 Robotics........................................................ 84-85
Japanese........................................................ 32 Debating....................................................... 86-87
ESOL.............................................................. 33-34 HERG............................................................. 88
Science.......................................................... 35-39 Student-led Groups................................... 89
Social Sciences............................................ 40 School Ball.................................................... 90-91
History.......................................................... 41 Festival Awards........................................... 92
Classical Studies......................................... 43 Steve Bovaird Farewell.............................. 93
Media Studies.............................................. 44 Staff 2017....................................................... 94-95
Achievers and Awards............................... 96-100



PRrinecpiopratl 's

Tēnā koutou, 2017 has been a year
of change at Lynfield College.

In April we farewelled Steve

Bovaird, the 4th Principal of

Lynfield College, who retired

after 41 years in teaching.

Steve taught at Lynfield for

20 years and was Principal

for 15 of these.

Under Steve’s leadership Lynfield College
developed a reputation for being a centre
of academic excellence in a safe, caring
and positive environment. Steve led by
example and welcomed the changes
that became possible in 21st century
teaching. The opportunities presented
by digital learning were embraced and
the school incorporated the use of
devices in the classroom in support of
increased motivation and engagement.
Steve remains strongly supportive
of the college, interested in student
achievements and, with our 60th reunion
approaching, actively involved.

In May I took over the leadership of
the school. During my mihi whakatau
- welcome to my new role as Principal
- I was humbled by the presentation
of a korowai. It is a true honour to
lead a school that celebrates the rich
and vibrant diversity of its akonga and
to have the trust of the community.
Having been a Deputy Principal at
Lynfield College since 2003 I have a
working knowledge and understanding
of the values and academic goals that
have been established in our school,
and will seek to continue them. I am
excited, however, about the challenges
and opportunities that this new role
will bring. With over 30% of New
Zealand jobs being projected as being
replaced by robots, nanotechnology and
Artificial Intelligence within the next



10 - 15 years we have the responsibility Work on this and other blocks affected With the numbers of 13 year old
of ensuring that our students develop by weathertightness issues will continue students across the Auckland isthmus
the skills needed to face this changing in 2018. reaching a trough in 2017 our Year 9
employment environment. We are intake, at 304 students, was the smallest
currently working on a Strategic Plan I am constantly impressed by the it has been for some time. Enrolments
for the school for the next 5 years. This achievement of our students both in and for 2018, however, have already well
will include a review of our Lynfield out of the classroom. exceeded this.
College Learning Charter to ensure that
it supports the development of skills One of my personal highlights this We are now two years into our
such as collaboration, critical thinking, year was being invited to attend the Top journey with the Lynfield Kahui Ako
creativity, and communication. Scholars Award Ceremony, Government - Community of Learning. Along with
Buildings, in May. Nithya Narayanan seven other local schools our staff have
In August we farewelled another (Year 13, 2016) was presented with her been working collaboratively in support
highly valued and respected member Top Scholar award for 1st in Scholarship of lifting achievement, particularly with
of our Senior Leadership Team, Lexie Economics. Nithya was the NZ Spelling regards to writing. Two CoLferences
Ridling, Associate Principal. Lexie has Bee Champion in 2013 as a Yr10 student (Community of Learning Conferences)
taken up a position as Senior Advisor and Economics also featured in her have been held allowing all staff across
for the Ministry of Education. We are success here. She won the competition the eight schools to share what they
relieved that her knowledge and wisdom on the spelling of ‘perestroika’, meaning have been working on. The combined
will continue to be used in education "the policy or practice of restructuring Boards of Trustees have have also worked
as she works with a wider group of the economic and political system in collaboratively and met to understand
schools in the Auckland region. During the former Soviet Union". Nithya is now the recent changes to the Education Act.
her farewell Lexie was acknowledged studying English, Latin, Economics and
for manaakitanga, her genuine care Law at the University of Auckland. Staff continue to support student
and respect for others. This will be her achievement through extra curricular
legacy to the school as she has gifted Teaching and Learning is in good activities. This year we recognised
us a trophy to be awarded at Junior form at Lynfield. We are held in high two staff for their contributions at our
Prizegiving recognising manaakitanga regard and recently were identified by Festival Awards evening: Paul Norman
in others who have demonstrated some the Education Review Office as being for his work with the Jazz Combo and
or all of the key values in the Lynfield a school that displays good practice in Big Band and Craig Yearbury for his work
Learning Charter to a high level and in a Sexuality Education. ERO is currently with the Robotics teams. The work that
sustained way. preparing a report which includes both staff have done with these groups
observations made during their visit has seen both the groups’ and Lynfield
In 2012 we were informed that to our school. This report will be made College’s profile being raised nationally
there were five school buildings with available to all New Zealand Schools. and internationally.
weathertightness issues. Despite being
previously told that B Block would be Achievement of our Lynfield Leavers I would like to thank everyone who
rebuilt, the Ministry of Education has has continued to improve with 70% has contributed to the publication of
advised the Board of Trustees that it (an increase of 9%) of students leaving the 2017 Yearbook and in particular
will now only be making repairs. This Lynfield with a NCEA Level 3 qualification Sherry Wagner for its collation. I am
remedial work began in July of this year. at the end of 2016. The national proud of our students, our staff and their
Starting with B Block it has initially seen comparison is 46%. Not all students study achievements so it is a pleasure to be
the outside cladding and windows of a programme that makes them eligible able to showcase their contributions and
B6 and B7 being replaced. The Learning to achieve Level 3 in their final year so commitment to the school. I welcome
Support Department has been relocated this, in light of our having one of the you to celebrate with us what has been
in portacoms, installed on site behind highest retention rates of schools within achieved in 2017.
L Block, and will remain there until the New Zealand, is particularly pleasing. In
work on B Block has been completed. addition 92% of all our leavers left with Ngā manaakitanga
NCEA Level 2 which is well above the 85%
national target. Cath Knell



PRINCIPAL YEAR 9 Kristine Mellor - Chairperson
Ms C. Knell, BSc(Hons), MEdMgt(Hons), DipTchg Stuart Braithwaite, BSc, Dip Tchg Cath Knell - Principal
Ray Gilbert - Parent Trustee
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL YEAR 10 Mark Hewett - Parent Trustee
Mrs G. Clark, BA, DipTchg(Dist), NZAHPER Diploma Russell Christie, BEd, Dip Tchg) Clive Hudson - Parent Trustee
Steven Taylor - Parent Trustee
DEPUTY PRINCIPAL YEAR 11 Hinekura Laveaina - Co-opted Trustee
Mr S. Mouldey, BA, MEd, DipTchg Raneeta Prasad, BA, Dip Tchg Robert Skeen - Staff Representative
Karan Kalsi - Student Representative
Mr R. Winn, BPE, MEdLdrship, DipEd Anne Roach, BA, PGCE

Mr M. Black, MSc(Hons), DipTchg Sofia Hameed, BEd, Dip Sp Lang, Dip Tchg, Cert L

Russell Newbrook, Ad. Trade Cert, PG DipEdLd(Dist), DipTchg Neil Waddington, B Com. Dip Ed
Sharyn Hunt, BA(Hons), DipTchg
Ron Delgrosso, MA, Dip Tchg



Head Students

Lifting others up is the best way to to this year, with the leadership training. people- students, staff and others - who
This training involved two days at Unitec have supported us, believed in us, and
rise together, and without the people before the school year officially started, helped make this year a memorable and
in which we learnt important leader- successful one. Thank you especially to
we surrounded ourselves with in these ship skills and did various team building Rupin, Jia and Karan, as well as the rest of
activities that set us up for the rest of the student executive team and to every-
five years, we would not be the same. the year. One memorable quote from this one else who has helped along the way.
Lynfield’s first Appreciation Day was experience was talking about Michael Going to high school is a whirlwind of
Jordan who said “I've missed more than laughter, stress, fun, tiredness, but above
a success with having over 500 heartfelt 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost all, friendship and it has been such an
messages and chocolates being sent out 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to honour to serve alongside such incredi-
to spread some kindness to the people we take the game winning shot and missed. ble people, for incredible people.
love, during a stressful time like exams. I've failed over and over and over again
Soon after, we got to stroll “Into the in my life. And that is why I succeed” and No doubt, high school hasn’t always
Woods” where we were welcomed by an although we have all faced challenges this been easy, but if something doesn’t
enchantingly lit up forest, with drapery year, for the most part we have learnt challenge you, it doesn’t change you. By
and vines coiled around a room that from these mistakes and achieved great the end of this journey it’s clear we are
would see one of the best nights of the feats by overcoming them. surrounded by amazing people who have
year - our school ball. From the food, to grown and changed together - from little
the silly photos and even more shameless Although this year has been filled with kids running around the field with sticks
dancing, we will never forget the memo- some of the best times, and we’ve seen pretending to be Harry Potter, to almost
ries we made at our school ball. Anoth- major successes throughout, we couldn’t grown adults getting ready to go out into
er highlight of the year was seeing the have made these memories without the the real world. The experiences we’ve had
incredible contributions and involvement help of one of the most inspirational, and the memories we’ve been able to make
of students in the school's first Cancer hardworking, and strong women we with the people we’ve met will be cher-
Awareness week. Sadly cancer has affect- know. Mrs Clark has encouraged and ished forever. Just like high school, what’s
ed nearly everyone in our community in supported everything we’ve done, to to come will also have its ups, downs and
one way or another, and in these times the get through the most hectic of times all-arounds but as Winnie the Pooh once
community becomes vital for support. It and has pushed us to do things Lynfield said “how lucky are we to have something
was amazing to see so much spirit during hasn’t done before. Thank you Mrs Clark that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
a very successful week, which resulted in for continually being a role model with
the losing of hair but the raising of money an overwhelmingly big heart. There Emma Gomes, Head Girl, and Dylan
and awareness for great causes. has also been an incredibly long list of
Kay, Head Boy
However, many of these successful
events throughout the year were in part
due to the great start the exec team had



Deputy Head Students

Treading the final days of secondary incredible years. These are only a few of put our best foot forward as we venture
the countless events which make us feel down our own paths.
school, we may still be young, but as so honoured to have been students at
Lynfield College. Thank you to the incredible 2017
the old saying goes: time flies when cohort for being the family that has made
We cannot leave without express- Lynfield feel like more than just a school
you’re having fun! It is with a sense of ing our appreciation and gratitude for but also a home. While all good things
Lynfield’s resident sweetheart and the must come to an end, home is ultimately
bittersweetness that we part from the magician behind it all, Mrs Clark. She has where the heart is and it’s safe to say
truly gone above and beyond each time that the friendships we’ve made, and all
loving confines of Lynfield College but to help us fulfil our potential in our roles the fun and laughter will stay with us as
and given us both the space and support we all head our own ways. With all our
also sheer excitement to dive headfirst to grow as individuals who consistent- hearts, we wish you all the very best for
ly strive for excellence. Selfless, kind the future. Let the real adventure begin!
into the journeys that lie ahead. We hearted, endearing - no number of pretty
words that we string together could ever Jia Dua and Rupin Kumar,
express our heartfelt gratitude to all wholly encompass what an inspirational
woman Mrs Clark is. Deputy Head Students
the students and teachers who have
We also cannot thank our Dean, Mrs
made our our time at Lynfield one that Hameed enough - her passion and ener-
gy is contagious and since day one she’s
we will cherish for years to come. patiently seen us through the whirlwind
Among these unforgettable memories: that is high school. She has never faltered
to put her heart and soul into ensuring
Year 13 appreciation day - a day of cele- each and every one of us leaves Lynfield
brating friendship and showing our love a little older, a little wiser and ready to
for the wonderful people we’ve journeyed
through high school with, a schoolwide
Sausage Sizzle- raising money for the
local Starship foundation, Shave Our
Heads - an event that entailed precisely
what the name suggests in order to sup-
port individuals struggling with cancer
in our community, and the Year 13 Movie
night - a bonding opportunity for senior
students to celebrate the end of five

Board of Trustees Representative

My name is Karan Kalsi and I was organised and run; both of which would students. For example, our main focus
have been impossible had I not been in Term 1 surrounded making assemblies
re-elected as the Board of Trustees re-elected to this position. more engaging while in Terms 2 and 3 it
was on improving the school atmosphere.
Student Representative for 2017! On the other hand, within the school, Consequently, we were able to organise
I’d like to think I had the best of both my main job was to make sure students’ a sausage sizzle, movie night and Year 12
voices are being heard. I worked closely performing arts day. It’s so inspiring to
worlds: while being a member of the and liaised with numerous school groups see how on a grass roots level, there are
Board of Trustees outside of school I was and committees to learn more about their so many students who are so passionate
also a member of the Student Executive, needs and concerns, and forward them about enacting change for good within
an incredibly dedicated and motivated to the Board if necessary. As part of my our school community!
team who work hard to make Lynfield a duties, I also had the great privilege of
better place. My main aim this year was working together with the Student Coun- Being a part of the Board of Trustees
to act as the link between the students cil and its Year Level Representatives has given me more invaluable knowledge,
and the Board and to be a voice for them by providing support, advice and ideas information and experience than I could
during our monthly meetings. for tackling important issues that affect possibly ask for. I can safely say that this
year’s group of talented, dedicated and
My second term started in September passionate student leaders have left a
of 2016. While the thought of being the mark on this school for the better and
only student in a boardroom full of adults it was an honour to be a part of that. I’d
was a daunting experience at first, my like to extend a huge, heartfelt thank
previous year on the Board made me re- you to my fellow students, teachers, and
alise I had nothing to fear; after all, every the Board for allowing this experience.
single person in that room was driven I could not think of a better way to give
by the same question - how do we make back to my peers and school.
Lynfield College the best it can be for all
our students? Karan Kalsi, Student Representative

Over the course of these two years, on the Lynfield College Board of
not only have I had the privilege of meet-
ing some incredibly talented individuals, Trustees
but have also learned more about the
inner mechanisms of how our school is



Academic Captains

Our maxim this year was “To promote goals. Proceeding from there, we set books, which we collated and donated
up the new initiative to work with the to charity. This was a sweet ending to
academic success within Lynfield Year 9 and 10 students on the skills and the year; giving back to the beloved
values we endorse as a school - Learning community that supports our school
College by primarily spreading and Charter Awards. These were awarded to and students.
students that demonstrated these values
encouraging the growth of academic in their core subject classes, recognising Looking back, we are humbled
their effort to create a positive learning yet ecstatic to say that we have been
talent and progress, while doing so in environment and attitude towards successful as Academic Captains. We
learning. would like to extend our warmest
a safe and inclusive environment for gratitude to Mr Winn, Ms Reed, Ms
Then came our highlights - the Clark and Mr Waddington for their
all in order to create an atmosphere classic Quizzex competitions - that were contributions towards the events we
very successful and we were overjoyed have organised within the year. We
of academic appreciation and to hear from our peers that it was would also like to thank the Academic
“awesome fun”! Last of all, our final major Council for their constant support
understanding” initiative has been a book drive in which and advice in implementing new,
Aspiring to fulfil our mission we asked students to donate any old exciting projects which aim towards
recognising student excellence and
statement above, we began the scholastic achievements. This group
academic year with the formation of the of academically talented individuals
Academic Council of 2017. By forming has been the pen to our paper and the
an Academic Council that consisted of thoughts to our voice, helping us to
dedicated and talented students across organise events and provide resources
all year levels ensured that the events that will encourage our peers to reach
and facilities offered were supported their true potential.
by everyone and were designed in such
a way to fit with our maxim and result Dave Sharma and Jessica Zhang,
in a high level of participation from all
students. Academic Captains, Reeve D’Cunha

Our first task accomplished and Kitty Sun, Assistant Academic
as a council was the delivering of
congratulatory letters to Senior students Captains
who had achieved an Excellence
endorsement in their Level 1 or 2
Certificate in the preceding year. By
doing so, we hoped to encourage
students to continue to persevere in
working hard towards their academic

Ambassador Coordinators

Our role as Ambassador loving community that is
Lynfield College. Not only have
Coordinators this year has been we been managing tours and
events for Intermediate students
quite a hefty and busy one. but we have also been helping
We have had the honour of repre- our Year 12 executive team
wherever and whenever
senting our school to the fresh new they need our assistance.
faces of Year 8 Intermediate School 2017 has been an eventful
students from the local community, year for us Ambassador
and introducing them to “Learn to Coordinators and we
Live”. Being able to answer tough can only hope that our
questions such as “How long are your legacy continues to
interval and lunch times?” and “What further greatness in
kind of food do you have at your the following years.
tuck shop?” has been an enjoyable
time. It is a true privilege to be some Aleece Monkman and
of the visual representatives of our
proud school as we are able to guide Joanne Castelino
school tours and evening programmes
around the school in attempts to
encourage more students to join the



International Student Representative Back in 2013 when I was in Year 9 I
never imagined four years later I would
Ni Hao! Kia Ora! which makes it easier to settle in. be performing haka on the stage along
Lynfield College has brilliant sports with the other student leaders. Lyn-
Warm greetings field has taught me so much about life,
facilities and offers a variety of sport more than just studying. I would like to
from your Inter- teams. For international students like especially thank all the teachers from
me, this had been an excellent oppor- the international department for their
national Student tunity for making friends with local endless support and sacrifices, without
students as well as having such fun them I would never be who I am today.
Representative! outside of the school curriculum. I really I would like to extend my appreciation
Lynfield has an appreciate the team bonding in the U19 to other international students and
boys basketball team and the memorable friends who have always supported me.
excellent reputation times I have had along with many other
internationally in welcoming and host- international students in the dragon To be given this leadership oppor-
ing international students. This year we boating and table tennis teams. tunity and to have had the chance to
have had more than 150 international make a difference for fellow interna-
students coming from 14 different The biggest event I organized this tional students has left me truly proud
countries in Asia, Europe, South Amer- year was the international students’ and grateful. My time of studying at
ica and Southeast Asia. The students farewell assembly for our former Lynfield College had been splendid and
bring their unique cultural elements to principal Mr Bovaird. It was fantastic to forever memorable; now it is time for a
our school and broaden our horizons.. see the solidarity of all the international new journey to begin.
students with everyone contributing to
Although it can be challenging acknowledge the support Mr Bovaird had Peter Xia Hua, International
adapting to a new environment because given to the international programme
of language barriers, homesickness and over the years. Student Representative
loneliness, Lynfield staff and students
are genuinely helpful and encouraging.
On top of that, there are so many new
experiences and activities to join in,

Sports which were no less competitive. Thanks the busy term and house competitions.
to the team behind us these competi- However it proved to be a highlight of
Captains tions got underway relatively stress-free. the year as it is not only a great sporting
House touch, volleyball, and netball day but also fuels a bit of our friendly
This year was a rollercoaster to say competitions were a success as we rivalry. This year it was our turn to go
had lots of talent on display along with down to claim back the trophy. How-
the least; going into it we had no idea fantastic side line support. The games ever, we narrowly missed out on the
were nail biters which made it pleasing overall trophy losing 6-5 but managed
what ups and downs we would have and exciting to watch but also gave us a to win back the rugby trophy!
tough time when choosing the finalists
to overcome to successfully be able to for each competition. A huge thank you During the year we had three lovely
has to go to all the House Captains for women guiding us through this role. We
perform out duties as Sports Captains getting their players together so we owe Mrs. Walbran, Mrs. Smith, and Mrs.
could get underway as soon as possible, Yim an enormous thank you as with-
for 2017. However we couldn’t have along with bringing plenty of enthusiasm out their knowledge and support we
and house pride. wouldn't have been able to get through
done any of it without the support of this year with such success.
One of our favourite moments of
our Assistant Sports Captains Tommy the year was the Mount Maunganui Vishaka Murthy and Nathan Maisey,
exchange. This crept up on us amidst
Antal, Elena Euese along with our Sports Captains

sports office team.
Our main goal this year was to

increase the participation in sports
throughout Lynfield College. The first
event of the year being biggest and most
anticipated, was Athletics Day. This was
an important day as it would not only set
the bar for us as Sports Captains but also
present us with a slice of the chaos we
would have to coordinate throughout the
year. Athletics Day overall went smoothly
and ended up being an enjoyable day in
which everyone got involved whether
competing or dressing up. Athletics day
left the points table very close creating
a sense of house pride and competition
which carried on throughout the year.

Next up were the house competitions



Arts & Cultural Captains

Kia ora, our names are Melissa Paet to salsa dance classes, plus our annual this year we did. We had a large number
fashion show where students dressed up of entries and an overwhelming turnout
and Kieran Murphy and we are the in cultural attire. It was a huge turnout of students from all year levels attended
from the students as all the seats in the the show.
Arts and Cultural Captains for 2017. hall were taken and the crowd was wild
We were excited this year to plan with excitement. Along with this, we had We have really enjoyed taking on this
a photo booth with ornaments and flags role this year. As a team we would like to
events and get to know our peers and from around the world. Needless to say say thank you to deputies Andrew and
their talents. Along with our deputies Cultural Day was bigger and better than Renee for all their hard work this year,
Andrew Isdale and Renee Prasad and ever before with a massive turnout of and Mrs Mittermeier who made this
our teacher in charge Mrs Mittermeier friends and family coming to support happen. We would also like to thank
it has been a privilege to take on this the students of Lynfield College. the students of Lynfield College for
role of promoting arts and culture at getting involved. Good luck to next
Lynfield College. Another highlight in our role was year’s Arts and Cultural team.
the Lynfield talent quest. As a team, our
One of the biggest events we overall goal was to make it happen and Melissa Paet and Kieran Murphy
organised was our annual Cultural Week.
During this full-on week, we conducted Finally we ended the year with the
a range of activities from henna tattoos Leavers’ Dinner. It was great to spend
time together as a year level for the
Social Committee last time before we embark on our
own journeys. We would like to thank
“The best group of people we could remembered by all. Spending intervals the Heads and Deputies, Student
and lunchtimes for months getting Executive and the Ball Committee
have ever wished for.” “Into the Woods” to be a spectacular for aiding us in making the year the
We started the year off with an night at the Pullman Hotel. The 21st of best. We would also like to thank Mrs
July was truly a successful night, but Clark for her help, patience, ideas
educational leadership camp at it wouldn’t have been without the help and for putting up with us, as she is
UNITEC, which gave us all a more from the Ball Committee and the Heads the “glue” that makes us a unit. We
enhanced idea of our positions as and Deputies. now wish the best of luck to the 2018
part of the Student Executive Team. Social Coordinators and hope they
Our goal as Social Coordinators was Leavers gear this year was chosen enjoy the role just as much as we did.
to make the year an unforgettable to be a hoodie. The procedure of this
one for each and every student began in Term 3 with our own students Damian Prasad and
in Year 13. We went straight into eagerly submitting designs. We hope Junior Laveaina
planning for the Ball all through Term they can be a great memory of all the
1 and 2, with numerous hours spent fun times spent at Lynfield College.
making sure this night was one to be



Year 12 Student Executive

This year, our team consisted of as leaders. In pairs, we’ve been working
with the different year level class reps,
Tanmay Arora, Rishabh Baptista, and helped them develop and progress
ideas or events whilst still giving them
Joshua Boasman, Rowena Brunt, opportunities to develop their leadership
skills and represent their year levels. This
Niamh Masterson, Danielle has been a challenge but has allowed
us to push ourselves and create some
Matthews, Maya Micklefield, and really cool activities - from interactive
assemblies, to sausage sizzles, to
Melina Samuels. surprises for our own year level.
Being a part of the Year 12 Student
The student voice is incredibly
Executive this year has been both a important to all of us and we have
privilege, and an incredible opportunity striven to make this one of our top
for us all. Not only have we learnt priorities this year. We are so thankful
more about each other and working and privileged to have been voted in
together, but we have also gained a as the Year 12 Executive and as a team,
better understanding of the effort we continue to work on and plan new
required for leadership. The Year 13’s initiatives for next year. We look forward
on the student executive team are the to an eventful rest of year ahead and
ones who have been excellent role hope to continue the work we've been
models for us. Working with them and doing,and the development of our
their experiences, has made our job less leadership skills we have gained,
daunting and more fun. into 2018.

From high rope courses in Unitec,
to open days tours for future students
of Lynfield, our year has been scattered
with multiple opportunities for us to
demonstrate and develop essential skills



Music Other positive and engaging additions
‘Music can change the world because to the course include the creation of a
it can change people’ – Bono Music Video and composing Film Music
for a short movie. Year 9 students also
Now settled into the stylishly practice rooms are also brimming with enjoy a course that includes developing
activity throughout class and lunchtime. skills on an instrument and music
refurbished Music Department, classes technology through the use of notation
The Year 9 and Year 10 Music Courses and sequencing software.
and extra-curricular groups continue have been modernised this year with a
new focus on Project Based learning and The Senior music courses have been
to evolve and succeed. the inclusion of more Music Technology. busy and vibrant with some creative and
The new facilities have provided This is to reflect our ever changing co- skilful work produced by all year levels.
hort and the developing Music Industry. All students continue to refine their
wonderful opportunities and learning The Year 10 Course has introduced a instrument and performance skills as
environments for all students. A New Zealand Music Unit which includes well as develop other music related skills
Rehearsal Studio has meant that research into the New Zealand music such as Composition. Students have also
all practices have run continuously industry, live sound set-up and analysis been excited about the addition of a new
throughout the year without disruption. of a NZ Pop song. Achievement Standard in songwriting.
Students have enjoyed the two bright
and modern classroom spaces plus a
well-equipped Computer Suite. The


The Level 1 and 2 courses have been FACULTY LEADER & DANCE/DRAMA HOD ITINERANT STAFF
modernised and renamed Music
Projects and Music Studies for 2018. Susan Allpress, BA, DipTchg, DipDrama Ms L Wright Flute
The focus of the Music Projects course
is project based learning with a focus VISUAL ARTS HOD Dr D Nicholls Clarinet/Saxophone
on technology and performance. Music
Studies also includes a performance Glynn Hambridge, MA, PGCE Mr C Isdale Saxophone
focus but with the addition of theory
related study and external exams. MUSIC HOD Mr P Norman Trumpet/Trombone

We wish all our Year 13 music students Lisa Norman, B Mus, DipTchg, Cert SMM Ms M Edgar Violin/Viola
all the best in their endeavours for 2018.
We look forward to hearing of your TEACHING STAFF Ms K Tomacruz Cello
experiences in the future.
Belinda Mittermeier, BA, BMus, Dip Tchg Mr M Howell Guitar (Jazz/Rock)
Virginia Stead, MDesign, DipTchg
Sarah Streat, BA, DipTchg Mr J Roznawski Guitar (Finger style)
Sigmund Sue, BMus, DipTchg
Wilma van Heeswijk, BA, DipTchg Mr D Hodkinson Bass
Celia Nicholson, BA, DipTchg
Mr T Broome Drums

Ms Y Um Piano (Jazz)

Mr S Sue Piano (Classical)

Mrs M Mittermeier Oboe/Singing



Music Awards and Play it Strange Who Loves Who
Competitions Competition | National Finalists:

The Lynfield College Music Auckland Secondary Schools Jazz Andrew Isdale feat. Jia Dua
Department has been involved in over Bands Competition Gold Award: Play it Strange Who Loves Who
10 Competitions this year and have Competition National Finalists:
been awarded over 24 awards and Lynfield College Jazz Projects Rachel Clarke, Irisha Inamke
recognitions regionally, nationally Auckland Secondary Schools Jazz Bands Rockquest Schism –Central Auckland
and internationally. Congratulations Competition Overall Winner:
to all the students involved in our Finalists
Departmental Groups. We look forward Lynfield College Big Band Rockquest Matt Holden – Regional
to what next year will bring! KBB Music Festival Commended Award: Finalist
NZ Chamber Competition District
Australian International Music Festival Lynfield Chamber Orchestra Finalisits: Trio con Fuoco
Gold Award: Festival Band KBB Music Festival Silver Award: NZ Chamber Competition Regional
Australian International Music Festival L­ ynfield Concert Band Finalists: Trio con Fuoco
Gold Award: Jazz Combo KBB Music Festival Gold Award: NZ Chamber Composition Competition
New Zealand Youth Jazz Festival Winner: Stefenie Pickston
Best Jazz Combo Lynfield Big Band
New Zealand Youth Jazz Festival KBB Music Festival Gala Performance: CONGRATULATIONS to Stefenie
Best Saxophonist – Andrew Isdale Pickston who was the winner of the
New Zealand Youth Jazz Festival Lynfield Big Band NZ Chamber Music Composition Award
Best Overall Musician – Andrew Isdale KBB Music Festival Best Performance for 2017. Her composition ‘Bolero’ was
Auckland Secondary Schools Jazz of a Swing Tune: Lynfield Big Band composed for a small String Ensemble
Bands Competition Gold Award: KBB Music Festival Best Performance and has been performed by the Lynfield
Lynfield College Big Band of a Ballad: Lynfield Big Band College Chamber Orchestra.
KBB Music Festival Lead Saxophonist
KBB Honours Band: Andrew Isdale CONGRATULATIONS to Andrew Isdale
Play it Strange Who Loves Who who was the winner of ‘Best Overall
Competition National Finalists: Musician’ and ‘Best Saxophone Player’ at
the New Zealand Jazz Festival. Andrew
Passion Vocal Group was also selected to be Lead Saxophonist
in the KBB Honours Orchestra.



Australian International
Music Festival, Sydney

The eight day tour to Sydney for It was a fun filled tour including STUDENT EXPERIENCE
activities such as visiting the massive
the Australian International Music Sydney Taronga Zoo, Sydney Harbour “We had the opportunity to perform
Cruise, shopping, dining at the Hard in many fantastic venues such as, the
Festival was a great opportunity for Rock Café, and walking around Verbrugghen Hall at the Conservatorium
Sydney’s historic Rocks district. of Music. Not only did we get to perform,
students to participate in musical we also listened to outstanding bands
On the final night the students and and musicians from countries including
experiences beyond the classroom and staff attended the awards ceremony China, Canada, USA and Australia. We
where they were thrilled to be even took part in a music ‘exchange’ with
perform on the international stage. presented with two GOLD awards by St Bernard’s College from Melbourne.
The Festival Band was specifically the AIMF adjudicators. It was fun getting to know some of the
other competitors in the AIMF.
formed for the Sydney tour and the
Lynfield College Jazz Combo and LC One big highlight of the trip was
Jazz Projects were the other two music performing at the Sydney Opera House
groups featured. The tour involved 36 and eating dinner in the Opera House
students, four staff, a tour manager and a ‘green room’ which wasn’t painted green
tour guide! at all! It was awe-inspiring in the sense
that so many accomplished, great artists
All three groups enjoyed playing a set have been through that room. It was also
on the sparkling Darling Harbour Marina, a humbling experience stepping on stage.
and the Festival Band and Jazz Combo
played an adjudicated performance in The experience was incredibly
the Verbrugghen Hall at the Sydney exhilarating, and we all had a blast.”
Conservatorium of Music. All three
groups were inspired by workshops
directed by professional musicians. Sarah Young, Year 11 Music Student
A final performance by the Festival Band
in the Sydney Opera House concluded
the musical performances for the week.

Visual ArtsFACULTY:ARTS 13

“That’s the great thing about Art. Anyone LOOKING AHEAD TO 2018
can do it if you just believe. With practice,
you can make great paintings”. DAMIEN HIRST We wish our Year 13 students all the
very best with their external folio
We are lucky as a department where Whitecliffe, UNITEC, Media Design results. We would also like to wish those
School and Yoobee. These presentations students who have applied to do Tertiary
each year our senior students will were well attended by Year 11, 12 and 13 study next year all the best with their
students. These sessions were timely as applications. We will look forward to
present to us such a diverse range of many of our Year 13 students were in the hearing about your experiences and
process of preparing folios for university hopefully some of you will return and
ideas for their year long project. entrance. share them with our students. As for
Each student will develop their own those students returning to the Art
CONGRATULATIONS Department next year, have a fantastic
ideas and ways of expressing themselves, break and come back refreshed for
which makes our job as art educators Congratulations to the following what will be another challenging and
both exciting and challenging. Unlike students on their awards. productive year.
any other subject area, each senior art • Damon Greenhalgh for the
student will work on their own individ- Bring on 2018!
ualised programme that they will follow PAT HANLY ART AWARD
throughout the year. It can be both ex- • Deepali Solanki for the
hausting and rewarding at the same time.
Congratulations to all those students • Damon Greenhalgh for the
who managed to complete their folios at
the end of the year. Well done! ARA LODGE SECONDARY

At the beginning of Term 3, we held The Pat Hanly award is awarded
our annual Arts week and this year the to the best Year 13 Visual Arts
department ­introduced The Self Portrait student. Each school in the
competition. This competition had three Auckland region is invited to
grades, Junior, ­Senior and Staff. The winner submit work produced by their
of the Senior Portrait competition was most gifted senior student.
Stefenie Pickston 12WN. Leann Chen 10CN Damon and his stunning
won the Junior Portrait competition. Our work was selected this year to
staff winner was the amazing self-portrait represent Lynfield College and
by Judy Fang. Each winner received an art he received an award. What made
pack up to the value of $170. the night more memorable was the
venue. The Auckland Art Gallery at
UNIVERSITY VISITS night, where all the winners had
their work projected onto a large
Also during Arts week we had many screen that could be seen from
visitors from different tertiary the street outside the gallery.
institutions come in and talk with our A big congratulation goes
students. Our first visitor was Eilish out to Damon.
Out-O’Reilly an ex student who shared
her experiences of life at AUT doing Stefenie Pickston 12WN
a Visual Communication degree. She Level 2 Design
showcased the work she completed
during the first and second years of her
degree. We also had visitors from AUT,



Sam Tabaru Immanuel Penteado
Bethany Moxon


Jessy Reece



Fareeha Khan Yufei Wang Rachel Ling
Yajur Anand

Chloe Hussain Charlotte McRostie

Rahil Sultani

Abbey Rousselle




Danielle Matthews


Shyla Nadan



Alice Kim


Maya Micklefield Sophia Jin Bella Chovhan



Gar Wua Wong

Gar Wua Wong Deepali Solanki


Euan Zhang




Damon Greehalgh

Lulu Ota

Salem McKay Helen Xia



Damon Greenhalgh
wins the Pat Hanly
Creativity Award

These awards are open to Year 13 students of a Visual Arts
subject and schools are invited to nominate a student who
has demonstrated ‘outstanding creativity, imagination and
commitment’. It was an exciting evening, showcasing the
best artworks at Level 3 across greater Auckland schools.

Head of Visual Arts, Mr Glynn Hambridge said,
“Damon has a special talent and exciting career
prospects in Concept Art and Gaming”.




Drama contemporary content, was an accom-
CREATING THEATRE FROM LIFE plishment worthy of the fine Lynfield
2017 has been another highly success- woman wanted to worship God but was tradition in the performing arts. Such
stopped by her very atheist family. teamwork and talent.’ - Brian Tonks
ful year in the Drama department. Behind Closed Doors produced a variety
of dramatic stories from mystery Year 13 created pieces based on a
Students at all levels have explored murders to domestic abuse scenarios. popular song with particular reference
to political or social movements over the
acting techniques, theatre conven- Year 12 applied physical theatre past century. Students produced some
conventions to storytelling that explored effective dramas and comedies with con-
tions and technologies, different styles how current societal issues may have texts as varied as the Vietnam war, the
been dealt with by the year 2037. After civil rights movement, the advent of mass
of theatre, and how to create and considerable research and exploration of media and the important resurgence of
relevant issues, three stories were devel- Te Reo Maori. Special mention should
perform their own original dramas. oped around the theme of mental health, go to two plays. Renee Prasad created a
each with a different focus; depression, highly comedic solo piece about a woman
This year, students produced some alzheimer’s disease and post-traumatic who received an ‘unwelcome gift’ upon
stress disorder. The stories were com- her husband’s return from war. Rachel
outstanding original theatre, and each bined into a forty-minute show which Clarke and Isaac Butler, in true comic
was performed for an invited audience duo style, explored how ‘video killed the
year level explored ideas within a of friends, family and staff. The impact of radio star’. Both pieces had the audience
these stories on the audience was palpa- in stitches and highlighted the writing
specific theme or context. ble, with expressions of both tears and and performance skills of these talented
Year 9 students based their plays on laughter plus much discussion after the senior students. Year 13 completed their
show. Our school counsellors provided year’s work with a successful production
photographs that represented snap- the following feedback. of Thinning by Eli Kent. The context of
shots of dramatic moments in human the play was very relatable to the cast
relationships. One piece, involving nuns ‘I was so impressed by their work and and audience as it examined the hopes
taking up arms was particularly amusing. blown away by their insight, sensitivity and fears of a group of school leavers
Another was a love story of surprising and skill. All three issues are very real, who are apple picking in their last sum-
inventiveness. Students had fun learning raw, relevant and important. The level of mer before embarking on their futures.
about how to incorporate basic lighting the students understanding and feeling
and costume into their stories. about these issues both fascinated and We wish all our ‘leavers’ the very best
captivated me.’ Deborah Kevany as they too take this next step into ‘the
Year 10 classes based their plays on theatre of life’. Ka kite.
disasters in New Zealand history. Groups ‘To create a seamless dramatic expe-
covered the Erebus crash, the sinking of rience out of three totally different sce-
the Rainbow Warrior, the 1981 Springbok narios involving challenging and relevant
tour, the burning down of the Seacliff
mental asylum and the Tangiwai rail
tragedy. They also explored costuming
for the different eras and developed
technical skills in lighting and sound.

Year 11 students created their stories
around two themes; Thank God and Be-
hind Closed Doors. One group explored
an interesting scenario in which a young



Dance ‘Dancing is like dreaming
with your feet’ –


Dance studies continue to expand Another highlight of 2017 was the this exciting new development in her life.
dance showcase evening which was Mrs Streat leaves us on a high note, as
opportunities for creativity at staged during Arts Week. Parents, this year she and student Lulu Ota were
friends and staff were invited to view nominated in the Best Choreography
Lynfield College. both original and learned dance works category for the Showdown Schools
This year there were dedicated dance from the Year 10 and Year 13 classes. competition and the dance troupe
Year 10 presented their performance were nominated in the Best Performed
courses at Year 10 and Year 13, plus the repertoire which included Hip Hop, Choreography category. You may be
Year 9 option that includes both dance Jazz and Contemporary dances that familiar with the phrase, dance like
and drama. Next year there will also be a had been choreographed by the class to nobody’s watching, well this year
dedicated dance option at Year 9. exemplify these styles. Year 13 presented somebody clearly was. Best of luck to her
their original group choreographies as and the dancers for a possible win at the
Students at all levels enjoyed well as a small group who performed upcoming awards.
exploring a range of dance styles, the solo dance Threnody from a full-
developing technique through length professional work Rotunda, Thank you to Mrs Polly Kita for giving
performance and expressing their own choreographed by Shona McCullough. up her time and coming in to share her
ideas through choreographing original Threnody explored the feminine expertise within Latin dance. It is great
works. Professional dance works were response to WW1 and developed ideas of when our wider community members
viewed and examined closely to develop grief and stoicism. To round out the mix can participate in this way and we
interpretation and appreciation skills of dance works on show, a few dances welcome others, who have specialist
needed for dance analysis in the senior from the production troupe that included dance style knowledge, to get involved.
external exam. dancers from both classes, were reprised
for the occasion. Sadly, it is time to farewell a number
A viewing highlight this year was of Year 13 students who have been
attending the annual performance of We were fortunate this year to have involved with Dance at Lynfield, either
third-year dance students at UNITEC Mrs Streat join the department as in class, in cultural dance or through the
School of Performing Arts. The showcase teacher for Year 13. She has worked with production for the past five years. To
of talent this year, plus the fusion of students over the past few years in her Lulu Ota, Elena Euese, Caidyn Kita, Sneha
contemporary with cultural dance styles, role as choreographer for the school Mehta, Neve Stanimiroff, Khushi Agrawal,
was extraordinary. Our students were production. She will be on maternity Xinyue Zhang, Nikita Parmar and Carrie
wowed by the imaginative integration leave for 2018 and we wish her well with Zhang - Go well and keep on moving to
of styles, the skill and ensemble fluidity the rhythm of your dreams.
of the dancers and the range of themes
explored. It was a truly inspiring



Physical Education

The Year 12 Core students started YEAR 12 PE OUTDOOR
the year in full swing with our Risk EDUCATION
Management Camp. This included fun, The year began on a high as 41 students
exciting, and challenging activities went on camp to Tawharanui Regional The Outdoor Education course
such as Rifle Shooting, Mountain Park as part of their Risk Management ran for the second time this year.
Biking, Hiking, Night Games at Assessment. They participated in a range The weather and conditions were
Shakespear Regional Park, just to of activities including snorkelling, kayak- excellent which allowed surfing
name a few. Students found this ing and surfing. to happen for the first time and
experience excellent in establishing made the tramping very enjoyable.
relationships with their peers, while In term 2 students enjoyed experienc- The students planned a camp
also discovering creative ways to learn ing various training methods and playing to Piha, following streams to
through the outdoors. Ki o Rahi (a traditional Maori game) for waterfalls and tracks to viewing
the first time. The unit concluded with an platforms. Woodhill provided
inter-class Ki o Rahi tournament where the venue for Mountain Biking
winning and being the muddiest were which proved very popular with
just as much fun. In Term 3 students students who worked hard on the
honed their basketball free-throw shoot- varying tracks.
ing technique through different types of
practice and biomechanical analysis.


Grant Angus, BSport & Exercise, DipTchg
Kathryn Wells, BA (Hons), PGCE Dotti Connew, BPhEd
Russell Christie, BEd, DipTchg
PHYSICAL EDUCATION HOD Jason Clarkson, BSport & Rec, Dip Tchg
Estelle Buchan, BPhEd
Greg Burne, BRecMgmt, DipTchg Sofia Hameed, BEd, DipSpLang, DipTchg, Cert TESSOL
Joel Hicks, BPhEd., Dip Tch
EOTC CO-ORDINATOR AND Alannah Morris, BPhEd (from Sept)
ASSISTANT P.E. HOD Deb Pearson, BSc, Dip P.E., DipTchg
Pauline Phelan, BSoc.Sci, B A(Hons),Higher DipTchg
Duncan Smith, BA, (Hons), QTE Etueni Tiumalu-Faleseuga, BSport &PE, DipTchg
Richard Winn, B PhEd , MEd. Leadership, Dip Tchg



How to plan a safe teen party…

Location Invitations Hosting Transportation

When hosting a safe party, Only invite people you can trust Make sure to provide food to last When guests are leaving it is
it is important to have some - keep your party off social the entirety of the party. Simple safer if you make sure that
food that doesn't make a mess they can have someone pick
type of adult supervision media to avoid news spreading. and is easily accessible - chips, them up so they don't get
from anyone over the age of Make sure you have some biscuits etc. Make sure people lost on the way home or do
18. It is also safer to host a something they shouldn't.
type of security checking who aren't having alcohol without Ideally make sure they have an
party in a private area comes in and out to make sure permission from their parents.
to avoid unnecessary you don't have random people Keep to an expected finish time adult with a full licence
attention from outsiders, turning up. This helps to ensure to take the home.
so people won't stay longer
eg. neighbours. people won't make stupid than you want.
decisions others won't like.

Health Education

Year 9 and 10 Year 12 Year 13

This year our Year 9 and 10 students The Year 12 Health students were in- Students have studied ethical issues,
have worked hard on developing volved in many different health promo- western medicine, traditional medicine
strategies for positive decision making tion projects within Lynfield College. and complementary medicine, learned
in a range of situations. Year 9 students These projects covered many different about health issues in Aotearoa and
have developed some excellent health topics such as coping with stress, sleep have studied global methods of health
promotion projects looking at issues and exam pressure, Māori and Pasifi- promotion. Throughout these projects
around consent and how to be assertive ka professional development for staff, students have researched and designed
and these projects have been shared helping ESOL students with language and strategies that communities and
in assemblies and around the school. redeveloping the peer-support pro- governments can use to create more
Year 10 students were involved in gramme. Through taking action projects equitable outcomes. Many of these
the promotion of Pink Shirt Day and such as these, students learn the skills students will be going on to careers
messages around diversity, inclusivity needed for working effectively in a team within the health industry, charity work,
and social justice. In working on such as problem solving, leadership and social work, government and law.
these projects, students have been communication skills.
developing their collaboration and
communication skills.

Year 11

Year 11 students have spent time working
on three main projects this year, looking
at sexuality and relationships, societal
issues around drugs and alcohol and also
developing interpersonal skills. They
produced some excellent resources
for Student Services around coping
with relationship breakups. During a
combined PE and Health unit they were
able to spend time developing their
listening skills, assertiveness skills and
problem solving strategies within a
netball context.




Another Exceptional Year

The Language and Languages Faculty well in ICAS and Language Perfect com- to foster independent thinking and
petitions, to the individuals who have confident communication. In an ever
has had a wonderful year of activities won Scholarships to Germany, have been changing world where flexible think-
placed as finalists in an Australasian film ing, creativity, and the ability to work
that provided our students with competition, and have been national with others are widely valued qualities,
winners in a Chinese short film contest. language students are always highly
many rich cultural experiences. Throughout the faculty, we have aimed sought after.
From a student exchange to Tokyo,
to a trip to the Pop Up Globe, which AND LANGUAGES
brought 17th Century England to life, to
a trip to Werder, Germany to immerse FACULTY LEADER & ENGLISH HOD TEACHING STAFF
German speakers in the language,
2017 has been a year of fantastic Cathy Feist, MA(Hons), LTCL, DipTchg, MEdM (Hons) Catherine Barker, BA, PG DipEd
opportunities for students to expand Cathie Black, Grad. Dip TESSOL, DipTchg
their worldview. ASST. FACULTY LEADER/ESOL Adam Burden, MCom, DipTchg
HOD/REFUGEE CO-ORDINATOR Christina Carswell, BA, DipTchg
Even just by opening their novel, Kerry Chooi, BA, Dip Tchg
students have been able to explore Chris Bangs MA, DipTchg Catherine Christie, MA(Hons), Dip Tchg
imaginary worlds of people’s lives in Lorraine Delgrosso, BA, DipTchg, RSA/Cambr CELTA
many different settings. INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGES HOD Adrienne Henderson, TTC
Sharyn Hunt, BA (Hons), Dip Tchg
The goal in every instance has been Judy Fang, MA(Hons), DipTchg Sarah Streat, BA, Dip Tch
to engage students in language rich Clare Laing, B Ed, Dip Tchg
environments in order to develop their SENIOR ENGLISH Margaret Lane, BA DipTchg
confidence in their understanding Natasha Leafberg, MA (Hons), Dip Tchg, Cert. ESOL
of texts, and for them to produce Patrick Jansen, BSocSci, DipTchg Henry Mackenzie, BA, BPerf & Screen Arts, Dip Tchg
meaningful texts in a variety of forms, Frances Maihi, BA, Dip ELT, DipTchg
whether they be essays, speeches, JUNIOR ENGLISH Tess Morrison, BA, DipTchg, Dip.
poetry, short stories or short Arlene Weinberg, BA, DipTchg
documentary films. Jo Fletcher, B P.E., Dip Tch Heike Zimmer, BA, DipTchg

The faculty has celebrated a wide TE REO MAORI HOD
range of successes from the many
students who performed exceptionally Jennifer Leauga, BA, DipTchg


Sherry Wagner, BA, Teaching Grad Cert.




As usual it is very difficult to encap- Marshall Laing Primary, going down Warriors’ written by Cathy Lai and
sulate the rich range of curricular and fortnightly during the Reading Room Joseph Hisayasu’s piece ‘Mother
extra-curricular activities English stu- period to help the younger students Columbia’ which gained first prize at
dents have been involved with through with their writing. The collaborative Year 11. Unfortunately, these pieces are
2017, so here is a snapshot. stories from Term 2 have been too long to publish here in full, but you
published as a book and shared will find the full text on the Yearbook
ENGLISH HAPPENINGS: with the school libraries. Website.
• 13ENC went to Othello at the ‘Pop • 9DL, 9iEng, 10CN and 10iEng went
to the Mind Lab in Newmarket to Also featured is the Year 10 Visual
Up Globe’. For some, it was their first bring their creative writing to life. Production work of Devan Bhikha,
live experience. What horror when a Students worked collaboratively to Tony Feng and Jensen Bernard game
bloody knife skittled across the stage create models, sketch, or act out board design “Influenza”, a re-theming
towards the groundlings! their stories, then made them into of the game Monopoly.
• Three separate groups went to a stop motion video.
the ‘Writers Festival’ which was Students who enter the senior writing We farewell Mrs Buetow and
inspirational and provoked lots of competition always produce some Ms Tregedeon, who at such short
discussion about preferred writing outstanding work and this year we notice so capably and flexibly
styles, themes and genres. have published excerpts from the shared a teaching role in the English
• Some Year 10s have been Writing winning piece at Year 12: ‘Ancient Department during 2017.
Buddies for a Year 3/4 class at



EXTRACT FROM ghostly swipes of a brush in an artist's glares, determination emanating
hand, carefully laying crimson, teal, black from them in their goal to protect
Ancient and other assortments of colours on the their Emperor in the afterlife for all of
Warriors soldiers, creating armour, weapons, skin eternity. I could just about hear them
and hair. The mosaic of paints settle into chanting, battle cries ripping through
BY CATHY LAI position, and suddenly the soldiers are the air and the scraping of swords
all standing to attention with menacing unsheathed at the sight of intruders.
My eyes focus. Thousands of chalky
terracotta faces stare unseeing-
ly towards me, causing shivers to
involuntarily run down my back.
Scanning the crater, all these soldiers
five metres below seem miniature,
insignificant despite their numbers.
Three rows in and their faces are al-
ready blurring, becoming nothing but
nameless soldiers in the famed im-
mortal army of the great Qin Dynasty.
I see the effort of countless craftsmen
as they mould and carve out each
and every nail in the armour. I see the

EXTRACT FROM generation could live the same life, EXTRACT FROM
for centuries and centuries and
Mother centuries. An eternity of computer The Importance
Columbia mandated apathy. That lifestyle of Fictional
sickened Jorge. All he had ever Heroes in our
BY JOSEPH HISAYASU wanted was to feel real ground. Walk Lives BY RINA ZHANG
under real sunlight, eat real food and
Colombia Cares. Colombia Looks breathe real air. Earth, no matter how Admittedly, finding the right motivation
After You. Trust In Mother Colombia. burnt and irradiated, was as close to power us through stressful times is
Slogans plastered all over the ship, as he could get to that. He gave up hard. Role models around the world, big
on every gantry and every sign. everything he had. Husband, children, and small, always succeed in provid-
Every other inhabitant of the ship career, savings. It had all been going ing hope, inspiration and courage. No
was content to do just that. To so well until an annual health check doubt, without a positive role-model,
just sit, partake in your allocated revealed he had terminal cancer. where would the expectation be? There’s
work cycle for six hours every day Three weeks to live. nobody to influence our important de-
and wait to die so that the next cisions and daily thoughts! That’s where
the fictional heroes come in!

Clearly, from any age, books have
been a haven to explore. We LOVE made
up worlds and heart-racing plots wheth-
er it’s about Batman, Frodo or little old
Tinkerbell! Characters all have a place in
our hearts and minds. Where an action
hero may excite, a humorous character
may humour another in the same way.
Additionally, THERE ARE SO MANY TO
CHOOSE FROM!!! Furthermore, books
are a must have in our lives as they
contain knowledge, wisdom and useful
insight. Besides that, a fictional character
can stand by you forever, as they can't
leave one's memories. So as long as the
author keeps writing, the learning goes
on and on and on.



This year has seen: our Kapa Haka With the help of many key staff Tahu, Emily Latimer, the Wāhitapu
group perform at a higher division in members Lynfield College Māori whānau, the McKay whānau we are
Polyfest, Whānau come together as a department has allowed ākonga to thrive grateful to have a committed group who
Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning), a in their development as successful have assisted in organisation and support
farewell to Ms Ridling at the Ministry young Māori Leaders. With Special throughout the year. Whaea Maihi,
of Education in true Lynfield Style, acknowledgement to Hinekura Laveaina Whaea Tebay, Ms Mackey, Ms Keir, Ms
Pōwhiri for international students (Board Representative for Maori) The Kevany, Mr Winn, Mr Braithwaite and
and lessons on Ahurea Māori, Ākonga Māori Focus Group and all of our Ms Adash your assistance with Māori
learn about Māori Peforming Arts committed whānau particularly: Bella initiatives has been valuable and your
under expert Leadership, Matariki contribution is recognised. Mihi nui to
Celebrations within our kura and the Ms Knell also for her attendance at hui
community, Te wiki o te reo Māori and tautoko for mahi Māori.
Events and Reo Māori lessons taught
by students to staff. Our Kaitātaki Tane: Luke Tahu and
Kaitātaki Wahine: Melina Samuels, Ka
It has been great to see ākonga nui te mihi. Our tutors Matua Kris and
achieving in many different areas Whaea Anita, mihi manaaki.
including: Whāngai Manuhiri, Māori
Performing Arts eg Mau Rākau, Te Reo Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna
Māori, Hākinakina and Kaiarahitanga. te ngahere. Ko te manu e kai ana i te
mātauranga, nōna te ao.




2017 has been a successful year 2017 NEW ZEALAND Merit Award films:
for many of the students learning CHINESE SHORT Produced by: Shyla Mani
FILM CONTEST and Kristen Talbot
Chinese at Lynfield College.
The Language Perfect World Best Language Film CHINESE MOVIE
(Top in New Zealand)
Championships in May were an exciting Produced by: Joshua Lobo, Alan Chen,
and competitive 10 days for the Year A WORLD OF FRIENDS Jake Runting, Natasha Matson
11 Chinese students. We had 7 Gold and Bianca Tso
winners who all worked extremely hard, Produced by: Harriet Barber,
spending hours answering thousands Rachel Rao, Hannah Hubert SPEAKING ASSESSMENT
of questions, against other students
around the world. Produced by: Danielle Hewett
and Racquel Govender
“Before this competition, I found it
difficult to read Chinese characters, PROUD OF THEIR NCEA ACHIEVEMENT
but after practicing for hours everyday
during the competition, I am now able to Hi, everyone. We are Emma and Excellence endorsement. If you are
read over 1000 characters confidently.” - still not sure, don’t hesitate and
Jinny. We both learn Chinese as just give it a try. Learning a foreign
Kristen Talbot Yr 11 CHI. language has many advantages.
Every one of these students should our third language.
Everyone thinks that Chinese is
be commended for their enormous
efforts; they did Lynfield College proud. such a hard subject to do and we had
this stereotype too but it is not 100%
true. Chinese is actually an easy and
achievable subject. For example, for
Internals we will get lots of help and
support from the teacher and for
Externals, we will get lots of time to
prepare and practise. Our Chinese
teacher helped and supported us.
Therefore both of us managed to pass
Level 1 Chinese with



Deutsch ist übercool! Auckland and a few weeks later the Year
10 classes went to the Academy Cinema
Learning German in 2017 was again pretzels decorated with flags in black, red to watch the German movie Timm Thaler
and yellow. Everything was sold by the directed by Andreas Dresen.
full of exciting moments. It started end of the day. Overall it was yet again
another successful Cultural Day for the Lynfield was again boldly represented
with a visit from the European Deutschgruppe, giving the community a at the annual Auckland Goethe Society
taste of the German culture. Prizegiving at the University of Auckland.
yoyo champion Dave Geigle who The exams were held in July and 48
The annual Language Perfect World Lynfield College students completed
demonstrated his amazing yoyo skills Championships have become an integral the written part. In August 22 students
part of language acquisition placing our were invited to demonstrate their
and taught the students some basic school second in New Zealand with 31 conversational skills at the Epsom
students gaining an award in Gold, Silver Campus of the University of Auckland.
yoyo tricks in German. and Bronze.
In April a group of 19 students More than 20 students received their
Several activities outside of the Diplomas of Excellence and Prize of
travelled to Werder / Germany to classroom gave our students the Distinction at the end of Term 3. A truly
take part in the Cultural Exchange opportunity to put their language skills outstanding achievement in 2017 was
Programme. They spent four weeks into practice. Aleece Monkman and accomplished by Jackie de Pont (Year 12)
exploring Berlin, Potsdam and Bavaria Hannah Purdie represented Lynfield who is one of two students to be awarded
and lifelong friendships have been College at the German trivia night at a NZGSE scholarship which will enable
formed. The group now looks forward to university which was organised by former her to travel to Germany for 10 weeks at
returning the generosity they were given Lynfield student Johnson Zhuang. In the end of the year.
during their stay with German families. Term 3 our senior students watched the
annual German Play at the University of Now, we are looking forward to next
During cultural week Jackie and year as 20 students and two teachers
Rachel taught an enthusiastic group of from our partner school are travelling
students how to dance the German polka to the other side of the world to
Annemarie followed by Cultural Day experience New Zealand and school life
which was represented by a colourful stall at Lynfield College.
filled with many authentic cakes and even
Bis nächstes Jahr!



Cultural Exchange Programme

In early April this year (during the Every day showed us something Our week spent in a youth hostel in
new, often something we had never Schönau, Bavaria opened our eyes to
German spring), a group of 19 students seen before or something that simply a side of Germany we might not have
doesn’t exist in New Zealand. Building expected. South Germany spotted with
together with Frau Zimmer, Frau und my first snowman, taking a ferry ride enormous 800 year old churches and
across the clearest lake in Germany framed by falling snow was beautiful,
Herr Delgrosso from Lynfield College below the Bavarian Alps, and seeing eight and the relaxed and carefree Bavarian
500,000 piece mosaics on the ceiling of culture was a huge contrast to what we
travelled halfway around the world. the Berliner Dom were all unforgettable had seen in Berlin. Hearing cheerful and
experiences. But what I was constant- men and women laughing their way from
We took a 38 hour flight that felt like ly impressed by was the history that the Hof bräuhaus in Munich at 11 o’clock
surrounded us everywhere we went. In in the morning was enough to tell us
it lasted a month, and had a four week New Zealand we are rarely exposed to that some Germans do know how to
anything more than 100 years old, but in have fun!
long stay that felt like only a few days. Germany they seemed to make a point
Our three weeks in Berlin were spent of remembering their past (despite its Above all, I think Germany changed
darker side) and commemorating it, in us. Being in unfamiliar surroundings for
with our individual host families, not get- particular how far they’ve come and the such a long time was a challenge and an
ting the tourist experience but instead diversity and acceptance they have today. experience but I think it helped us grow
getting a taste of the German culture and Decorating a wall that once separated as people. Little things like ordering
what it’s really like to live in Germany. We people, with art that now brings people something in German at a cafe or finding
ate like Germans (cheese, potatoes, bread together (the East Side Gallery), the your way around the island in Werder
and plenty of meat), spoke like Ger- words “we are one people” inside the were big achievements, and showed us
mans (it didn’t take long to pick up some parliament building, and the holocaust we were capable of coping with such a
slang from our teenage host partners) memorial right in the centre of the city, huge shock and culture change.
and travelled like Germans (80km/h embrace unity. They show a determina-
on the train and up to 200km/h on the tion to learn from mistakes of the past I fell in love with Berlin and my
Autobahn!). We saw the city and all it and make today’s world the best it can be host family, and met more wonderful
had to offer, but also a small town called - a part of German culture that’s hard to people than I could have ever imagined.
Werder to the west of Berlin, home to old grasp without experiencing first-hand. Germany will be in my heart forever, and
cobblestone roads, wild deer in forests, I’m so grateful that I’ve now seen just a
an asparagus farm and Germany’s largest bit more of the world than I had before.
fruit wine festival. We met foreigners and
locals, tour guides and tourists, other
students in the few days we spent en-
during German high school, and teachers
that helped us along the way - but every-
one with a different story to tell.




2017 has been another exciting year student exchange where students from Sadly, we farewell Adam Burden who
each of the respective schools devote has told us that it is time to “hang up his
for students studying Japanese. their holiday time to studying overseas. boots”. Of course, Mr Burden is nowhere
Students again performed exceedingly Miyuki Gale will be following their path near retirement age but has decided
when she departs in December 2017. after 12 years at Lynfield that he will
well in the Language Perfect Olympics. pursue other fields of interest outside
Sam Mason (Year 11) was the sole Sixteen students have been selected of teaching. We will certainly miss him,
student to be awarded an Elite Award for for the 2018 Lynfield College Friendship first and foremost for his expertise in
finishing in the top 0.6% of all entrants. Group to Shinagawa, Japan. 2018 Japanese teaching. His wider involvement
He also finished 11th among all students represents an exciting year for the has also been huge, from organising
globally studying Japanese and 71st exchange with the 25th Anniversary of student exchanges to Shinagawa, running
across all languages with over 300,000 the Friendship relationship between the NZ Schools’ Japanese Trivia Champs,
students competing. Auckland and Shinagawa. to managing cricket and squash teams.
To carry on the metaphor, Mr Burden will
In the junior school four Year 9 The Japanese Cultural Group, with definitely leave big boots to fill.
students, Angela Lu, Jason Lu, Eva Lei Lulu Ota at the helm, performed
and Shivani Rana represented Lynfield strongly with a well organised leadership
College at the New Zealand Schools team also featuring Miyuki Gale and
Japanese Trivia Championships and Xinyue Zhang. In her final year as
placed 9th out of 24 teams in Auckland a member of the Japanese Group,
and 19th out of 103 teams nationwide, a Lulu again deserves praise for her
most commendable effort given that they professionalism and effort shown
were up against Year 10 students from throughout the past four years. The
other schools. Japanese Dance group would almost
certainly not be running without her
On the student exchange front, dedication. We look forward with
Angela Competente and Carrie Zhang anticipation to the students to taking
spent five fruitful weeks of their summer over her role in 2018.
holidays attending Tamadai Meguro High
School in Tokyo. This is part of an annual



English for Speakers
of Other Languages

English Language (EL) Students learning materials. In particular, the The mentors provided advice about
Afghani assistant, who has an advanced university courses, career paths and how
studied ESOL this year in 15 different degree in Mathematics, coached several to cope at tertiary level. Also, nine of
students in preparation for assessments. our refugee students were offered free
courses from the Foundation level to The assistants also provided interpreting membership in the Duke of Edinburgh
at parent-teacher conferences and Hilary Bronze Award, administered by
Advanced Academic English. Students when required in other meetings. Bluelight.
Some students were also assisted by
in the ESOL department come from Study Buddies, senior students who They have been engaging in activities
volunteered to tutor students in English, to gain points in physical recreation,
over twenty different ethnic and Science and Maths. One student came service, skills and in expedition camps
into our Foundation class during a study in the October holidays. Students found
linguistic backgrounds. period, to help Chinese students. both of these initiatives enriching.
They are learning English and already
Foundation students and three 9ELS Sadly, we farewell Mrs Cathie Black
speak at least one other language, so students enjoyed a trip to the Museum at the end of this year. Mrs Black has
they have distinct advantages: they think where they learned about Maoritanga been a valuable member of the ESOL
and express themselves bilingually, they and volcanoes. The 11EFS class expanded department and a close colleague.
can live in two or more cultures and, their knowledge about the bush and Among many achievements, she has
when they begin their careers, they can ecosystems on a trip to Arataki centre. developed a highly-regarded Foundation
communicate and work internationally. reading programme, taught the bridging
Many of our students were active in New initiatives were introduced for course to university literacy, promoted
culture clubs in Term 1 and performed refugee EL students. Senior refugee the use of e-Learning strategies,
on stage and/or helped to prepare exotic students were ably mentored by well before they were in vogue, and
food served on Culture Day in April. students from Auckland University professionally supported her colleagues.
ESOL teachers and assistants wish to of Technology in a pilot programme Mrs Black goes with our very best
extend their congratulations to students undertaken by six secondary schools. wishes.
who made good progress and achieved in
all levels of the department.

Our teachers were supported by two
bilingual assistants, who ensured that
EL students understood lessons and



Adult ESOL

Adult ESOL students come to It allowed us to build our communication rewarding knowing that I am making a
skills as we spoke to people who we usually difference in helping them understand
Lynfield College to learn English wouldn't speak to and we were able to English and feel more welcome in New
share our different backgrounds and listen Zealand. (Bisma)
and gain confidence in an unfamiliar to each other's stories. In the end, we did
teach them but they taught us a lot, too! Another successful initiative was
environment. Since students don’t We look forward to seeing our class every adults’ pairing with Year 12 Customer
week so thank you for letting us help! Service students to practise conversation
always have the opportunity to and develop people skills.
(Sarah and Helen)
mix with English speakers outside Working with the Adult ESOL feels Adults also participated in Cultural
Day in April. They spent hours in the
of class, our department aims to like connecting with my family as most of kitchens preparing and cooking Chinese
my relatives live in China. To be able to food and, for the first time, a group of
foster connections within the school teach them English has been a wonderful singers performed traditional Chinese
experience. (Jun) songs on stage.
mainstream and wider community.
This year a group of Year 13 students Helping out in Adult ESOL was very Throughout the year, enthusiastic
fulfilling; coming in each week and seeing knitters in Thursday’s option classes pro-
has assisted our teachers in their classes. the students’ progression honestly made duced exquisite baby clothes for needy
Adult students have welcomed their in- my day. (Mia) children in the community. These were
put: This is a new world. The young often presented to a local school in August.
have some new concept and new knowl- It was really nice to see them being
edge. (Yaohu) committed to learning a second or third Another important cause that the
language in late age in a foreign country. department supported was Pink Shirt
They bring us more energy and They have motivated me, too. (Alice) Day. Many adult students made a stand
patience; we are so happy to study with against bullying by wearing pink clothes.
them. (Tracy) I found working with them very

The benefits have been mutual.
Some Year 13 students have shared their

Helen and I both believe that helping
the Adult ESOL class was very rewarding.



2017 started with several changes for of staff when Ms Knell was appointed as
our new Principal, and so sadly had to
the Science Faculty. step down from teaching the Y9 iLearn
Mrs TeBay was the recipient of an class. However, we were delighted to
welcome back Mr Black in a temporary
award from the Royal Society of New position to take the class and give these
Zealand to study how we can better students the support they deserve.
teach the Nature of Science in our
classes, and so was on leave for the first We were delighted our students
two terms. Then, when she returned in continued to show incredible successes
the second half of the year, Mrs Grant at Scholarship exams, with nine Biology,
took two terms of leave to travel with three Chemistry, two Earth and Space,
her family. To cover for these teachers and one Physics Scholarship awards.
absence, we welcomed Mrs Weinberg In addition, two of the Biology and
to the Faculty to teach Chemistry and one of the Chemistry awards were at
Science. Outstanding level. This is a testament
to the hard work of the students
Additionally, at the end of 2016, we throughout their time at Lynfield
farewelled Mrs Aiyaaz. However, we College, as well as the time put in by
were fortunate to re-employ a former their teachers in class and Scholarship
member of staff, Mr Raos, to fill the gap workshops outside of class hours.
she left behind.

Finally, we lost a long term member



Robin Eyre, BSc (Hons), PGCE, MEdLM Michelle Bierre, BSc, P.Grad Dip in Science, DipTchg
Murray Black, MSc (Hons)
BIOLOGY HOD Stuart Braithwaite, BSc, DipTchg
Carole Cryer, B.Ed
Sarah Parker, BSc (Hons), PGCE, MedLed Jane Grant, B.ScEd
Cath Knell, BSc(Hons), MEdMgt(Hons), DipTchg
PHYSICS HOD Laulesh Kumar, MSc
Cheryl Pook, BSc, DipTchg
Ashwin Reddy, BSc, DipTchg, PG DipPhy Christina Reddaway, B.A, BSc, DipTchg
Hannah Reed, BSc (Hons), PGCE
CHEMISTRY HOD Alaric Southern, BSc, DipTchg
Carol TeBay, BScEd
Urmila Mehtaa, BSc (Hons), DipTchg Nicoleta Vasile, BPhysics, DipTchg, PG Dip. Bus. Admin
Cristina Weinberg, PhD, DipTchg



Earth and
Space Science


In Term 1 the Year 13 Earth and Space class went to Milford and Takapuna
Beaches to study the remains of geological events that occurred
thousands to millions of years ago. This was to prepare for an internal
assessment to explain how geologists use different sources of evidence
to date geological events like volcanic eruptions and tectonic plate
collisions, even though no one was here to see them.


In Term 2 the 12ESS classes went to
Waitomo Caves on a very long day
trip. This was to see the evidence
with their own eyes of what had been
discussed in class, how the limestone
rock was formed under the sea, then
uplifted and eroded away to form
the cave structures. This experience
helped them to discuss these
processes in an internal assessment.


In Term 3 the Year 12 Earth and Space
Science classes went to the Stardome
to support their learning about Stars
and Planetary Systems. They experi-
enced a workshop explaining how stars
and planets are made, learned about
constellations and objects in the night
sky above Auckland, and watched a
surround vision movie about the life
cycle of stars, from being born from
interstellar dust to dying in an explosive




The Level 1 Biological Sciences course by facts about the brain and had the In addition to this all students visited
enables students to explore the biological opportunity to explore the Auckland Auckland Zoo. The students attended
world. This year 11SCB students visited University Medical Campus and even won a lecture given by the Zoo Education
Karamatura in the Waitakere ranges, a special spot prize Jelly Brain! Service and had the opportunity to
Margaret Griffen Park Stream a tributary observe animal behaviour.
to the Whau River and Auckland Zoo. Level 2 Biology have explored a range of
These visits contributed to their Biology both in and out of the classroom. Science Club has continued this
knowledge for both internal and external The year started with a trip to the Arataki year, facilitated by Ms Parker and Miss
standards. They learned that Biology is Nature Reserve in the Waitakere ranges Reed. In this club students explore
all around us in many shapes and sizes even though the weather was not in our science beyond the curriculum as well as
but that the fundamental life processes favour. Here they used data loggers to learning essential scientific skills. There
which keep us all going are the same. collect abiotic samples and identify plant are already some keen Year 11 students
species and their adaptations. prepped to take over the leadership
Three students attended the BrainBee duties to make Science Club bigger and
competition where they were challenged Level 3 Biology students have better in 2018.
completed an intensive year of study.



NZ's Next Top
Engineering Scientist

Now in its ninth year, this annual
competition is a problem solving event
for teams of three to four secondary
students, organised by the Department
of Engineering Science at University
of Auckland.

The 2017 competition was held on
Saturday, 5th of August. The question
was posted online at 9am and students
had to compile a comprehensive report
and email it to the organisers by the 6pm
deadline. 2017 question: How many rocket
launches from Mahia Peninsula would it
take to establish a lunar colony?

This year, we had seven teams in total,
consisting of Year 11, 12 and 13 students.
The judges (comprised of PhD students
and lecturers) at the university are now
going through hundreds of reports and
the results of the competition will be
released early next term.


I must thank everyone in the This year Mrs Grant went on a sabbatical Thanks to Mr Southern who spent
for Terms 3 and 4. To fill her position we a lot of time organising the trip.
Chemistry department for another welcomed Mrs Weinberg. Students found hands on experience
doing experiments exciting and very
successful year. Teachers who To the students, we hope your interactive.
examination results and experiences
constantly show their enthusiasm this year exceeded your expectations. They enjoyed being a detective
Good luck to those who are leaving us for for a day solving problems using
for the subject, thank you for your their chosen career path, and to those spectrometers and using the data
returning, we look forward to 2018. generated. They worked in groups to
support and continued diligence in solve problems which made it very
CHEMISTRY TRIP competitive and enjoyable. Students
raising student achievement. thought it was an excellent introduction
End of 2016 the Chemistry This year for the first time we were to University Chemistry.
able to organise a spectroscopy trip for
department said farewell to Mrs Aiyaaz. Year 13 students to Massey University.
At the start of this year we welcomed
back Mr Raos a former member of staff,
to fill the gap she left behind.

Ms Pook took over the role of
Laboratory Manager from Mrs Aiyaaz.




Physics their rainbows end workbook, which NZ YOUNG
was specifically designed around the PHYSICISTS’
This year, 100 Year 13 Physics majority of the rides. TOURNAMENT
students and four accompanying
teachers went to the theme park. The information and experiences This is the fifth year that we have
This trip aligns with the teaching gathered from the various rides entered students in the regional
of the six credits Mechanics enhances the teaching of the rounds of the New Zealand Young
standard. Mechanics standard. The weather Physicists’ tournament that took place
was reasonably favourable and both at Westlake Girls’ High School. The
The students were divided into the students and teachers had a tournament started at 8.45 am and
four groups and majority of the great time. finished at pm.
first half of the day involved taking
measurements, recording data in We had one Year 12 team and
one Year 13 team competing against
mostly Year 13 teams from 20
Auckland schools (Each school could
enter a maximum of two teams). Our
Year 13 and Year 12 teams finished 8th
and 14th overall respectively. Both the
teams must be praised for the long
hours they spent in preparation for
the competition.

Mr Reddy was the supervising
teacher and was joined by Ms Vasile
as a judge.

Start of day: Looking confident…

(L-R) Shreya Singaraju(Year 12
captain), Chantelle Singh, Emily
Liston, Kitty Sun(Year 13 captain),
Angela Competente, Harry Ashley



THE IMPORTANCE OF transferable skills that an arts degree greater flexibility to explore current or
THE SOCIAL SCIENCES hones, such as shaping a logical topical issues. In 2017 an opportunity
argument, seeking solutions for pressing presented itself in the form of the Fast
Just opening a newspaper serves as a challenges, and writing, thinking and Fashion Industry. A documentary on this
reminder of the problems which are communicating clearly. issue was shown at the Docs 4 Schools
plaguing our society. From climate • Innovation is an important driver of Festival, so the teacher and students
change to poverty to disease, the a dynamic economy, and the ability to went to the film. Back in the classroom,
challenges of our age are human in innovate requires imagination, creativity, students investigated the human rights
nature and scale. Society is looking for curiosity, and originality - all developed and environmental issues associated with
STEM (science, technology, engineering, in a Social Sciences/Humanities degree. Fast Fashion. They were given the option
and mathematics) graduates to address of whether they chose this topic for their
the global challenges that affect the ADVANCED LEARNER CLASSES AS1.4 ‘Taking Action’ standard.
medical, environmental and economic
well-being of billions of people. To It was decided in 2017 to pare back ROAD TRIPS
succeed within these difficult tasks, the amount of NCEA assessment
graduates need to be schooled in the offered to the two Year 10 Advanced Once again the Social Scientists have
intellectual and moral virtues. Learner Classes. Students followed been making tracks around the country.
the same programme of learning as The Geographers have covered the
Students of the Social Sciences gain the mainstream Social Studies classes, most ground from Muriwai to Ruapehu
an in-depth understanding of human except they sat two internal assessments whereas our other departments have
complexities: the political, cultural, related to Human Rights. The philosophy travelled the length and breadth of
and economic realities that shape our behind this approach was that the Year Auckland. Because the Social Sciences
existence. They develop the critical and 10 SST programme provided more than subjects are a study of the real world,
creative thinking skills necessary to solve enough scope for students to broaden the learning and information we have
those problems that beset our world and deepen their learning. Extension gained from working off-site has proved
today. Research in the humanities and of these students is the goal, not invaluable both for assessments and also
social sciences is driven by philosophies necessarily gaining credits. Additionally, in changing the way our students see
of social justice and public benefit, with less assessment the teacher has the world.
which don’t always sit comfortably with

Recently, the Washington Post reported
how Silicon Valley parents often expect Therese Marshall, BA, DipTchg Lynley Airey, BA, DipTchg
their children to study "stem" subjects, Aidan Daly, BSc (Hons), Dip Tchg
believing these will get them a higher- BUSINESS HOD (ECONOMICS Hannah Arthur, BSc, Dip Tchg
paying job and good career prospects. AND ACCOUNTING) Aidan Halligan, BA, DipTchg
Steve Mouldey, BA, MEd, Dip Tchg
But a study of 652 Chief Executives Ravindra Reddy, BA, DipTchg, DipBusSt Pauline Phelan, BSocSci, BA(Hons),DipTchg(Higher)
and Heads of Product Engineering in Raneeta Prasad, BA, DipTchg
502 technology companies found only ACCOUNTING HOD Aradhna Ram, Dip Bus, DipTchg
37 percent held degrees in engineering Anne Roach, BA, PGCE
or computer technology. The rest held Sheryl Whalen, BBS, DipTchg Neil Waddington, BCom, DipEd
degrees in a range of fields, including the Lucy Wiggins, BSc, PGCE
humanities and social sciences. GEOGRAPHY HOD
• Research from Oxford University
showed employers valued highly the Bevan Welsh, BSc, PGDipV&O,DipTchg


Kay Mackey, BA, H.DipTchg


Bronwen Wilson, BA, DipTchg




“To know nothing of what happened before you
were born, is to forever remain a child” - CICERO

2017 has been another good year for the Top 3. The team of Nicole D’Souza, found interesting and thought
the History department. Our students Shreya Singaraju and Jacob Barry gained provoking. Research assignments were
had the opportunity to be involved second place and the team of Harry presented in a variety of creative ways
in activities both in and outside the Ashley, Jack Kearns and Shamir Sharif including seminars, websites, movies,
classroom. Field trips included the came third. Kevin Chen, Jason Xu and podcasts, magazine layouts and the
Auckland Museum, the research Rishab Baptista also took part in the quiz. more traditional essays and diary
centre at the Auckland Central library, The students thoroughly enjoyed this entries.
and an informative guided visit to experience and have all volunteered to go
the Sky Tower to look at sites around again next year. The History department staff have
the city that controversial events had put a lot of work into updating the
occurred at. In 2017, History students have studied programme of work for 2017 and the
a wide range of topics and debated many students have thoroughly enjoyed
One of the highlights of the year was issues. Students had a wide range of their learning. We have some new
the annual Year 11 and 12 History Quiz. choices on which topics they researched. e-learning based developments in the
Lynfield College was the most successful Many of the students came up with their pipeline for 2018, which we hope the
school on the night with two teams in own ideas for topics which their teachers students will appreciate.



Y11’S MOOOOVE up our milk, cheese and butter, we ask moon-like landscape. It was evident how
TO ROTORUA the question: is dairy farming sustainable eruptions affect the surroundings: a
in New Zealand? That was the mission point of reference for the spatial analysis
On farms around Rotorua, the nutrient- of the Level 1 Geographers: to visit a internal which examines potential
rich ash of volcanic eruptions has created farm and observe the practices used to impacts of an Auckland eruption. No
ideal conditions for growing grass – fuel maximise production while minimising Rotorua trip is complete without a visit
for the Jersey dairy cows which produce environmental impacts. Students also to the most fun volcano of them all –
‘white gold’. While a hungry world snaps visited Waiotapu, an active volcanic Ngongotaha, where students luged
region and walked around the eerie down the mountain.


The dramatic landscape of Tongariro Most visitors to Muriwai
National Park provides ideal field Beach take sunscreen and a
conditions for our Research internal towel. However, for the Year
assessment. By comparing two locations 13 Geographers collecting data
just a few hundred metres apart, for their Research internal, the
students determined differences in slope, items of choice were aluminium
stream velocity and types of vegetation foil, Vaseline, oranges and
– all the result of volcanic eruptions. wooden metre rulers. Using
Students discovered that the orographic these, they conducted a range of
rainfall they learned about in class is experiments at Muriwai Beach
real! As rain clouds swarmed over the and neighbouring Maori Bay to
mountain, the trip itinerary changed compare the speed and direction
repeatedly to dodge it. of sea currents, the slope of the
beaches and the movement of
YEAR 12 AND 13 AGTA QUIZ sand by the wind. They saw first-
hand legendary features they
Maintaining our usual high placing at the Auckland Geography Teachers quiz, a had heard of in class – stacks,
combined team of Year 12 and 13 students gained 4th place among 20 schools. pillow-lava, platforms and an arch.
Winning themselves Westfield vouchers, the team consisting of Dave Sharma, Also legendary was the number
Tony Liu, Ajesh Sharma and Bryn Litherland battled their way through 10 rounds of of burgers eaten in the café at
questions, photo identification and play dough modelling. lunchtime.



Classical Studies


"It is the mark of an BENEFITS OF A CLASSICAL Many of these values are central
educated mind to be able E­ DUCATION to our modern society today. Values
to entertain a thought such as Beauty, Good over evil, Order
without accepting it." ‘To read the Latin and Greek authors... and Justice, philosophy of Achieving,
Aristotle philosophy of Enjoyment, and Humanism
is a sublime luxury... I thank on my – the belief that every human holds
the potential for greatness and
knees him who directed my early is responsible for their actions.
Mythological tales about Odysseus
education for having in my possession and Herakles are stories of humanism,
this rich source of delight." Thomas therefore images of them convey
Jefferson, President of the USA, 1800 those values.

Classical Studies opens up a new world
that is of immense interest and fasci- If imitation is the best form of flattery
nation. Democracy, Trial by Jury, the then Greek artworks are the most
Hippocratic Oath, the Olympics, Theatre, admired and copied works of art in
Art and Architecture – some of the Western civilisation. Year 12 Classics’
fundamentals of our society today – were students enjoy a trip to central Auckland
the creation of the ancient Greeks and where they witness the wealth of
Romans. They produced works of art and classical influence in our buildings –
the intellect that today we see as of the none better than our very own Auckland
highest intrinsic quality. War Memorial Museum. This icon of
Auckland is modelled on none other
WHAT DO STUDENTS than the famous Parthenon in Athens.
MYTHOLOGY – The study of mythology
is about understanding humanity. On Year 13 students explore the depiction
receiving the Nobel Prize for Litera- of Herakles through time and why this
ture, Bob Dylan said in his acceptance mythological figure held relevance for
speech: “literature is not just writing – it the Renaissance and still holds relevance
is a way of examining the conditions of in our culture today. The NZ artist
the human soul, and of trying to inform Marian Maguire uses Herakles in her
and guide one’s own…. Three books art to challenge our thinking around NZ
have informed my music all my life: colonisation. In her words: “The qualities
“Moby-Dick,” “All Quiet on the Western Herakles displays - strength, patience,
invention, fortitude - would have
Front,” and Homer’s “Odyssey” advantaged any pioneer tasked
with transforming this country.
ARCHITECTURE – The annual Auckland Association Clas-
Art is the pictorial sics Quiz was held once again at St Cuth-
representation of bert’s College. This year a record number
values central to of students attended from as far afield as
that society. Year Whangarei in the north to Tauranga in
12 and 13 Classics the south. A total of 74 teams or over 200
students study a students competed. For the first year an
range of Greek all-girls team took first prize – sadly it
artworks – from was not us! But the students that took
sculpture to greek part thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
vase paintings to
architecture - to
learn what ideas and
values are conveyed.




Year 12 and 13 Media Studies saw another
great year of keen students, many of whom
were new to the concepts of Media and film

This was the first year Level 2 Media students
created Instructional videos as a film project.
They proved popular and students were quite
familiar with their conventions. Students took
on these How To videos and branched out to
produce videos which including categories such
as sport, cooking, baking, makeup, music, self-
improvement and of course, parody. Also new
this year was the Standard 2.7 which involved
researching an ethical issue in the Media where
students produced podcasts around their chosen

Naturally, the highlights for the Year 13s were
the Film Projects, which always challenge students
to work collaboratively, technically and creatively.
This year’s Level 3 Media students delivered a range
of music videos and short films across genres which
included Horror, Comedy, Coming of Age and Drama.



Buffalo.............................................Andrew Isdale,
Sam Le Marquand
and Sid Kumar
Clementine.................................. Elvis/Sophia/Deepali
Gotcha .......................................... Riya T/ Hanah/ Mikayla
Find Me......................................... Conor & Jayan
The Devil Called Prada............. Mia/Riya/Kinari
It’s A Date..................................... Daniel, Brecon, Isaac
Skinny Love................................. Karan & Jia
Runaway ...................................... Maddy & Caitlin
I’ll Be There For You................. Paul/Bisma & Tupou
It G Ma.......................................... Ahi & Isobel
The Basement............................. Shehroze, Calem
and Demetrios

We ended the year with a screening of all of the Year 13 films produced
this year in a Halloween themed end of year party in B-3.




The New Zealand Tourism Industry Industry experts to visit and take us
through a one-day interactive course.
continues to grow. Overseas visitor Overall, from this experience, students
gained a deeper understanding of the
numbers have doubled every decade importance of exceptional customer
since 1970.
The main benefits of tourism are In Level 3 we built on our
researching and self-management
income creation and generation of jobs skills with two thirds of our assessment
and currently 94,000 jobs are directly being online. We focused on the
related to tourism- overall 4% of the South West Pacific, New Zealand and
workforce. With saying this, New Australian destinations, so students
Zealand has a skills shortlist in skydive could learn how to promote different
instructors and snow sport instructors. regions and countries to both domestic
and international visitors.
With this in mind, Lynfield College
has had another successful year in 2017, For 2017 student voice was sought
with two classes studying Tourism. to create an engaging and inclusive
These classes have appealed to both day trip. Great enthusiasm was shown
male and female students and several towards the Auckland attraction of
different nationalities. This has led to Spookers. Here we got to understand
the sharing of numerous interesting New Zealand’s only haunted theme
personal experiences during lessons. park attraction and gained helpful
information and advice on the current
In Level 2 this year we studied a new Tourism Industry from the owners.
adapted course that includes three
online business assessments to cater
for the growing use of technology.
We had the opportunity for Tourism



Tip Top Factory


Hi. My name’s Peter – Peter the Rainbows End Rainbows End

Mallard. I live with my wife and Scholarship Accounting Winners
Possibly the highlight of the year for
ducklings around L Block. We find Our Accounting team of five girls
gained a Second place in the NZCETA the ducklings was Year 10 Market Day
that our needs are supplied by Accounting Competition. The evening – so many stalls, so many students and
offered students the opportunity to get while they weren’t allowed to sell food,
generous students with their delicious involved in brainstorming, to meet other it seemed like half the school came to
student teams from other schools and shop and share their lunch with us.
leftovers and enjoy learning about to test their Accounting knowledge. A quacking good day and a ducking
Congratulations to Angela Zhang, Jessica good year!
the Accounting, Business Studies, and Zhang, Zaynah Khan, Jun Zhueng and
Helen Xia.
Economics we hear coming from the

Every now and then, students will

leave L Block, all excited about going to
places like Rainbow’s End, Tip Top and
Domino’s Pizza. We hear them talk for
days about the things they’ve learned
there. Happily, no Crispy Duck on the
menu at Domino’s (yet!)

We welcomed Sheryl Whalen back
after an extended absence and heard the
teachers and students thank Ms Carlisle,
who did a great job of covering for her
while she was away.

The teachers are proud of student
successes; Muskan Verma and Rishab
Goswami received PwC scholarships,
Deenisha Khatri was awarded an Out-
standing Scholarship in Accounting and
Manisha Narayanan topped the country
in Scholarship Economics. We heard
that Manisha was awarded Ducks at 2016
prizegiving, but were relieved to hear that
was a misprint and she was actually Dux.



MathematicsYear9MathexTeam Ruth Kaniuk is retiring at the end of the
year. Ruth started at Lynfield College in
1995 as a part-timer and it did not take
long before her leadership qualities were
recognised and she was appointed as
the Assistant Head of Faculty. She will
be remembered for her contributions
in the area of implementing methods
for teaching Statistics, not only at
Lynfield but also nationally. She was
also involved in the Secondary School

Numeracy Project and the setting up

The use of technology has grown YEAR 9 TEAMS of digital resources at our school, such
as Mathswhizz and Education Perfect.
within mathematics classes. Year 9 • Team 1 Ruth was awarded a Royal Society
Krishi Shah 9ST Endeavour Fellowship in 2013 and spend
students have continued to utilise Tanvi Kher 9WG this time investigating methods for
Oliver Huang 9WG enhancing the teaching of Probability.
Maths Whizz software to build their Xiaojian Guo 9WG Ruth worked extremely hard for the
• Team 2 benefit of students and staff alike and her
confidence and ability in the subject. You Ting Lei 9WG great sense of irony and humour will be
Students who used Maths Whizz Andy Zhang 9ST incredibly missed. Ruth has upheld the
Hassaan Mohammad 9WG integrity of the Mathematics Faculty and
regularly significantly increased their has had a pivotal role in its development
numeracy skills. Similarly, Year 10 Varshil Patel 9ST over the years.
and 11 students used the Education
Perfect programme to enhance their YEAR 10 TEAMS The Mathematics Faculty planted a
mathematics learning. These students group of trees at the back of the Lynfield
were able to access instructional and • Team 1 property. Some of these native trees
revision activities which are linked to Tony Feng 10YB (tanekaha and rewarewa) were generously
their learning objectives. Our statistics Puja Laxman 10BN donated by Ruth Kaniuk. Chris Wadsworth
classes have done many of their Kendall D'Souza 10BN has lead the development of this area,
assessments online this year using tools Sam Boasman 10BN spending many hours, with the help of the
such as iNZight statistical software, • Team 2 student Enviro Group, planting, mulching
Google docs, and Google classrooms. Iris Huang 10BN and growing suitable plants for a future
This has allowed students more time and Vincent Chui 10BN ‘outdoor classroom’.
ability to explore the data in depth while Juaninho Pentendo 10YB
also having time to discuss and analyse Keerthanraj Vaidyalingam 10YB
more meaningful statistical contexts.


The maths problem clinic operates Caitlin Clock joined the Mathematics
every day for students to gain more Faculty as Faculty Leader from Buller
individualised assistance or extension High School in Westport. We also said
with their mathematics and statistics farewell to Marius Sandu part way
skills. It has been well attended by through the year which allowed us to
students from all year levels and with welcome Stefanie Koeniger to our Faculty
many different needs. Students have for the rest of the year. Esther Dantra
also attended Scholarship Calculus and was away on leave this year and we look
Statistics classes in their own time to forward to her return at the start of 2018.

prepare for these exams.


Auckland Mathex: In this competition,

teams of four students from Auckland FACULTY LEADER Pam Isdale, BSc, DipTchg
schools compete against each other to Shane Isdale, BSc, DipTchg
solve complex mathematical questions. Caitlin Clock, BA, DipTchg Pius Joseph, MSc, BEd
Two groups of Year 9 and two groups Stefanie Koeniger, (Term 3 and 4)
of Year 10 students competed. Although ASSISTANT FACULTY LEADER Suresh Nanu, BSc, DipTchg
they did not receive a placing, they Keith Paine, BSc, DipTchg
performed admirably with both Year Ruth Kaniuk, BSc, DipTchg Suparna Prasad, BSc, MEd
9 teams scoring 100% and our Year 10 Marius Sandu, B.Mechanical Engineering, Dip Tchg
teams scoring 90% and 80%. TEACHING STAFF (Terms 1 & 2)
Chris Wadsworth, BCom, DipTchg
Bela Adash, BSc, Dip Tchg
Esther Dantra, BSc, DipTchg (on leave)
Kathy Dhillon, BMaths, DipTchg
Jenny Han, BA, DipTchg

This year in the Technology Faculty we
NZCHEFS have seen many changes to our staffing.
R­ EGIONAL Andrew Tan left to go to Western Springs
CULINARY College and was replaced with Helen
COMPETITIONS Stewart who came to us from Takapuna
Grammar. She has brought a wealth of
AUCKLAND REGIONAL experience and knowledge to the Design
CULINARY COMPETITIONS and Visual Communication Department.
• Stacey Hull: Gold Medal for her We also welcome Stephanie Van Neikerk
as HOD Hospitality who has replaced
live Scone competition and had Sean Davis, who has gone to West Auck-
the highest mark and won the land Middle School. Russell Newbrook
event. was appointed to a Senior Leadership
• Shard Hubbard: Gold Medal in position for the second half of 2017 and
live ­Omelette competition Sonia Wensor replaced him as assistant
• Gabby Ono: Gold Medal in live Faculty Leader Technology.
Scone competition
• Gabby Kita-Painter: 2nd Place & FACULTY: TECHNOLOGY
Gold medal in static Celebration
• Anna Ross: 2nd Place & Silver HOME EC.HOD
Medal in static Biscuit compe- Emma Birch, BSc (Hons), PGCE
tition Yvonne Townsend, BCA, DipHEc, TTC, DipTchg Barry Hook, BSc, DipTchg
• Andrew Whitford: Bronze Medal Daniel Lee, Tech. Teachers Certificate
in Barista Competition ASST. FACULTY LEADER/ Kaye Main, (Term 3)
TECHNICAL & GRAPHICS HOD/ Sheena Matheson, Dip Sport & Rec., Dip Tchg
AUCKLAND CITY COUNCIL RELIEF CO-ORDINATOR Russell Newbrook, Adv. Trade Cert, PG DipEdLd(Dist), DipTchg
“WHAT’S YOUR FLAVOUR?” Aradhna Ram, NZDip Bus, DipTchg
COMPETITION Sonia Wensor, BA, DipTchg Diane Rimmer, B Des. & Vis. Communication (Term1)
• Saahil Bali and Dylan Fernandes Gillian Rushton, BA, Dip H Sci, DipTchg
COMPUTING/INF.TECH. HOD Helen Stewart; BDes, GradDipTchg(Sec)
finalists Stephanie Van Neikerk; BS, Dip Teach
Sue Green, BA, DipTchg Anna Wills, BA, Dip Tchg
Craig Yearbury, Adv. Trade Cert, Dip.Eng, Dip Tchg

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